I am NOT in any way recommending the use of HDD regenerator. (simply I have never had an occasion to use it, and cannot say if what it claims - which BTW is NOT what Steve6375 thinks it does - corresponds to reality).
Any "recent" hard disk (manufactured in - say - the last 12 years or so) has internal firmware routines to mark bad sectors and remap them to spare sectors, the issue may be with slow sectors, that not necessarily are bad sectors
Testing with HDtune makes no sense, it is simply a benchmarking application.
What I would do would be:
- test the disk with the Original Manufacturer tools
- test the disk with Victoria or MHDD (or both)
- depending on the results, either trying to regenerate it (Victoria has also some suitable provisions) AND THEN throw it in the dustbin anyway OR throw it in the dustbin directly.
You suck at automotive comparisons.
Here is a carpenter's one .
Q. I am going to do the wood paneling of the living room in my new, under construction house. I cannot work more than two hours a day because I have no electricity yet and I have to do this work after my normal job and before the sunset. Can I do it little by little, in parts? And how should I proceed?
Wonko's Answer: Sure, you can do it. If I were you, I would go for horizontal courses, all around the room, starting from the bottom up, making sure to have a proper carpenter's hammer (between 250 and 300 g head, long handle) and suitable nails
Steve6375's Answer: Using an air compressor and a pneumatic nailer would be faster.
Wonko's follow up: Sure , but will it be fast enough to do it all at once and within two hours time?